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Oracle’s schools turns 10, celebrates excellence

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The Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School celebrated its 10th anniversary, with more than 1 400 students having matriculated with an average pass rate of 88% and a total of 66 distinctions garnered in 2016.
“The success of Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School is a great example of the effectiveness of a public private partnership to achieve our common goals. Today’s milestone is a testament to the commitment and relentless efforts of the school administration; the Oracle team and our students who have worked hard to make the most of this wonderful opportunity,” says Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education.
“In the past fiscal year, Oracle provided nearly $3,3-billion in resources globally to help prepare students for life and work in today’s modern technology-driven economy,” says Dorian Daley, executive vice-president, general counsel and secretary at Oracle. “Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School is a remarkable reflection of this commitment to worldwide education, and we are delighted that our collaboration with the Department of Basic Education has helped make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families.”
Established in March 2006 under a public-private partnership between Oracle South Africa and the Gauteng Department of Education, Ponelopele Secondary is a no-fee school that now admits more than 1 200 Grade 8 – 12 learners annually.
Supported by more than 60 school staff, the Midrand-based school has consistently delivered good results. In 2016, it secured 66 distinctions, with the top performer achieving seven distinctions. Since 2009 (the first batch of matric students), the school’s matric results have consistently been higher than the national average score.